Anthony Joshua insisted he had learned a “big lesson” in his loss to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night and that he would rebound.
Britain’s unified heavyweight champion was knocked out and dethroned by the Ukrainian, who put on a magnificent performance to make history at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk’s speed, movement and precision troubled AJ all night.
Joshua had moments of success throughout the fight, but couldn’t keep it up long enough to come out victorious.
Usyk eventually outclassed Joshua and put him on his feet on the last lap, with the bell saving AJ from being knocked out.
The scores were 117-112, 116-112, 115-113, crowning Usyk king of the world in two divisions as he won the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
AJ reflected on his presser after the loss: “Well done to the winner.
“We will come back, resume training. Great 12 laps, great experience in the ring. We are progressing from this point once again.
“We’ll do it again soon. “
Responding to questions, he added, “What went wrong? I’m just taking a loss, but we’re going to get it right.
“From the ninth, I couldn’t see on the ninth lap, I couldn’t really see anything, my eye was closed.
“It was a good experience because in the face of adversity you just have to learn to control yourself, stay on top, so when I couldn’t see anything it’s the first time it’s happened in a fight.”
When asked if he wanted the next rematch, AJ replied, “100%, 110%.
“I am ready to resume training. It was a good 12 rounds so I’ll be in a good position when I resume training to pick up where we left off.
As to whether he was surprised at how good Usyk was, AJ said, “With all due respect, not necessarily.
“He’s just a lot lighter, so the pace, he’s got a good pace.
“But he’s still hit, he’s hit a lot and in the rematch we’ll just learn to hit him more and be more concussive with our selection of shots…”
“I’m just looking to go better, stronger, smarter and I think I’ll have a good win in the next fight because of what I learned from this fight.
“I’m a fast learner and we’ll bounce back. “
He added: “When I came back to the tunnel, I was just like, ‘I’m ready to go back to the gym, I’m ready to do this work.’
“I just want to go back to the gym, get back to work and improve myself, so when I fight these good guys and see they’re injured, I can capitalize on the opportunity.
“It was a great lesson today. I know we can see it from a negative point of view but, for me, I have to take it as a big lesson and build on this situation.
“I never tend to look at the opponent. I just tend to look at myself and realize where I went wrong. So it’s not so much what he did, it’s the opportunities I gave him. It’s not so much him. I’m just going to go back and look at myself and correct my mistakes.
“I am a different animal. I am not a sulky person. It’s a blessed opportunity, to be able to fight for the world heavyweight title, to fight good fighters over and over again and for people to come out.
“I’m not going to come home and cry about it, because it’s war. It’s a long process. It’s not just a fight and then I’m done.
“I’m going to come back to see how I can improve. Right away, I have already watched the fight and I said to myself “I could have done better”.
On the undisputed fight that fell apart with Fury, Joshua concluded, “I will fight Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder without the belts.
“The belts are fun, it’s awesome, it’s a legacy, but with or without the belts I will fight anyone.
“Would you still watch without the belts?” Exactly.”
Joshua then posted a social media post thanking fans for their support and insisting he would return.
He wrote: “Stay positive even if the world is crumbling in front of you! London, I love you and thank you every time!
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